Czech Republic joins UK in banning travel from SA

26 November 2021, 3:15 PM
The Czech Republic has also followed the United Kingdom's example to ban travel from South Africa and other African countries to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus variant.
Australia sets out travel curbs from virus-hit Southern Africa 27 November 2021, 5:46 AM

Australia on Saturday imposed new restrictions on people who have been in nine Southern African countries, as the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 raises concerns about a further wave of the pandemic.

Several shot in North Carolina Black Friday mall incident 27 November 2021, 4:30 AM

Three people were shot at a mall in North Carolina on Friday, police said, but no information was released on their conditions.

Brazil to shut its borders to six African countries 27 November 2021, 2:37 AM

Brazil will shut its borders to travellers arriving from six southern African countries, the chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday, the latest in a slew of major nations to announce restrictions meant to combat the newly identified Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Mexico pulls migrants from southern “prison” city, warding off another caravan 26 November 2021, 8:10 AM

Mexican officials have begun dispersing several hundred migrants gathered in the southern city of Tapachula by busing them to other states, heading off the prospect of a new caravan heading north.

Death toll in Russian mine tragedy jumps past 50 26 November 2021, 4:23 AM

A gas leak in a Siberian coalmine killed at least 52 people on Thursday, Russian news agencies said, including six rescuers who were sent down to try to bring out dozens of men in what was one of Russia's worst mining disasters since Soviet times.

France expands sea monitoring as migrants vow to pursue UK dream 26 November 2021, 4:12 AM

France pledged on Thursday to step up surveillance of its northern shores, but migrants huddling in makeshift camps said neither that nor a tragic drowning the day before would stop them from trying to cross the Channel to Britain.

US threatens escalation with Iran at IAEA next month 26 November 2021, 3:54 AM

The United States threatened on Thursday to confront Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency next month if it does not cooperate more with the watchdog - an escalation that could undermine talks on reviving a 2015 big-power deal with Iran.

Israel slashes list of countries that can buy cyber tech: Report 25 November 2021, 9:47 PM

Israel slashed its list of countries eligible to buy its cyber technologies following concern over possible abuses abroad of a hacking tool sold by Israeli firm NSO Group, Israel's Calcalist financial newspaper reported on Thursday.

Slovaks lock down to slow world’s highest COVID-19 infection rate 25 November 2021, 8:26 PM

Slovakia went into a two-week lockdown on Thursday, as the country with one of the EU's lowest vaccination rates reported a critical situation in hospitals and new infections that topped global tables.

At least 11 dead, dozens trapped in Russian mining accident 25 November 2021, 8:01 PM

At least 11 miners died in a coal mining accident in Russia's Siberia on Thursday and an operation to rescue 35 more people stuck underground was suspended due to the risk of an explosion, the region's governor said.

French fishermen to block Channel Tunnel, Calais port on Friday 25 November 2021, 7:26 PM

French fishermen plan to block the Channel Tunnel and the port of Calais on Friday in protest against Britain's failure to issue them with more fishing licences since Brexit.

Kyiv warns Russia: new attack on Ukraine would be too costly 25 November 2021, 12:20 PM

Russia, which is building up its forces around Ukrainian borders, must understand that a new attack on its neighbour would be too costly, Ukraine's foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Thursday.

US Jury hands down guilty verdict in Arbery’s murder trial 25 November 2021, 6:36 AM

A Jury in the state of Georgia in the United States has largely handed down guilty verdicts in the murder trial of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man gunned down while jogging in the suburb Satilla Shores last February.

United Nations calls for immediate end to fighting in Ethiopia 25 November 2021, 4:01 AM

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for an end to fighting in Ethiopia while in Colombia's capital Bogota on Wednesday, urging Ethiopian leaders to follow the Andean country's example of peace.

UK PM Johnson and French President Macron agree to step up efforts to prevent migrant crossings 25 November 2021, 3:01 AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday agreed to step up joint efforts to prevent migrants' crossings in the English Channel after 31 people died earlier in the day when their rubber boat capsized during the journey.

Thirty-one migrants perish trying to cross Channel to Britain 25 November 2021, 1:18 AM

Thirty-one people, including five women and a little girl, died on Wednesday after their rubber boat capsized while crossing the English Channel from France to Britain, in the worst disaster on record involving migrants in the waters separating the countries.

One dead, three injured after gas leak at Spanish nuclear plant 25 November 2021, 12:13 AM

One person has died and three have been taken to hospital after a carbon dioxide leak at the Asco nuclear power plant in the Spanish region of Catalonia, local emergency services said on Wednesday.

Five DRC-born women seek reparations against Belgian state for crimes against humanity 24 November 2021, 11:13 PM

Five women born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have brought a case against the Belgian state for crimes against humanity.

UN launches 16 Days for the Elimination of Violence Against Women campaign 24 November 2021, 7:25 PM

The United Nations has launched its annual global campaign of 16 Days for the Elimination of Violence Against Women under the theme "Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now."

German coalition eyes return to debt limits from 2023, open to EU reforms 24 November 2021, 5:31 PM

The three parties set to form Germany's next government want to increase public investment in green technology and digitalisation while returning to strict debt limits from 2023 onwards...

Russia says nuclear readiness needed amid NATO activity near borders -agencies 24 November 2021, 12:45 PM

Russia's nuclear capabilities and armed forces need to maintain combat readiness in light of the increased activity of NATO countries near Russia's borders, Russian news agencies cited Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu assaying on Wednesday.

Barbados celebrates ditching Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as head of state 24 November 2021, 8:31 AM

Barbados, a former British colony, will next week ditch Queen Elizabeth as head of state, breaking its last remaining imperial bonds with Britain nearly400 years since the first English ship arrived at the Caribbean island.

Syrian air defences intercept Israeli attack above Homs – State Media 24 November 2021, 4:35 AM

Syrian air defences intercepted an Israeli attack above the Syrian city of Homs, official media said on Wednesday.

Humanitarian situation worsening in Yemen’s Marib conflict zone – IOM 24 November 2021, 2:22 AM

The number of displaced people in camps in Yemen’s Marib province has risen nearly 10-fold since September, with over 45 000 people fleeing their homes as Houthi forces press an offensive, the UN migration agency IOM said on Wednesday.

US envoy on Afghanistan to return to Doha to meet Taliban – State Department 24 November 2021, 1:37 AM

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan will visit Doha next week for two weeks of meetings with leaders of the Taliban, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Tuesday.

Fauci says vast majority of vaccinated Americans should get a COVID-19 booster 24 November 2021, 12:28 AM

Top US infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday the vast majority of Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 should receive a booster shot, and that an additional dose could eventually become the country's standard for determining who is fully vaccinated.

Navy calls off search after six die in Sri Lanka ferry accident 23 November 2021, 2:24 PM

At least six people have died and around ten are missing after a ferry they were travelling in capsized in eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, officials said.

Germany considers more COVID-19 curbs as US advises against travel there 23 November 2021, 12:06 PM

Germany's Health Minister has called for further restrictions to contain a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases as the country's infection rate hits a record high.

Taiwan says it will respect Honduras vote outcome, warns again on China 23 November 2021, 7:20 AM

Taiwan will respect the outcome of the Honduras election but the country should be aware of getting sucked in by China's "false" promises, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday ahead of a vote which could see Taipei loose a steadfast ally to Beijing.

White House says Biden intends to run again in 2024 23 November 2021, 3:26 AM

US President Joe Biden intends to run for re-election in 2024, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday.